Too Much Water Pressure
I was recently on a service call to assist a water softener installer. It was a warranty job. He was replacing a fairly new softener because the first one ruptured and filled the pipes with little zeolite beads.
He didn’t seem too worried about why the first one failed, but I did a little investigating. A water pressure test gave a reading of over 110 lbs. The culprit was the 20-year-old pressure-reducing valve, which is required in some municipalities. I installed a new, lead-free valve which brought the pressure down to about 75 lbs.
High water pressure can harm pipes and connections, damage appliances, create water hammer and wastes massive amounts of water. Checking for high water pressure is an often-overlooked diagnostic, and one that’s easy enough to perform.